Park staff training to focus more on children to create safe playgrounds

Investing in training of parks staff is as important as creating play infrastructure when delivering successful play spaces.

Play England assistant director Catherine Prisk told parks managers: "Everyone involved needs to understand why it is valuable to have children using parks and open spaces and not just stuck in a corner somewhere."

Prisk was speaking at the GreenSpace conference Parks for Play, held in Sheffield on 21 April.

She outlined the Government's play strategy, which includes £235m to create spaces in every local authority. "It is a very exciting time," she added.

Mile End park director Mike Rowan said parks staff needed a greater focus on play.

"Many parks people have probably taken their eyes off the ball but the fact that money is available means there is a focus there again that needs be met," he said.

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